Good-day mate! No I haven’t just finished watching a Crocodile Dundee movie marathon. Rather, this is the greeting that I hear each day as I walk across the grounds of the South Queensland Campmeeting, better known as “Big Camp” here in Brisbaine, Australia. For the last several days I have been here on these grounds sharing God ‘s word with the thousands of campers that have come from all over the entire conference, even as far away as twelve hours by car.
If you are like me, you have probably had the opportunity to attend a Campmeeting or two in your day. But never have I ever experienced anything like what I am experiencing here in Australia. If you didn’t know that this was a Campmeeting in progress, you would swear that you were on the grounds of some religious commune. And there is a reason they call it “Big Camp.” There are literally thousands on these grounds each day from every walk of life and from nearly every part of the region. In a time when the traditional Campmeeting experience is on its last leg in many parts of the world, here in Australia Campmeeting is alive and well.
One of the reasons why I feel “Big Camp” is such a success is because the organizers have made a concerted effort to meet the spiritual needs of not just the adults, but if you were here, it would quickly become apparent to you that there has been just as much effort devoted to the younger campers as well. As a matter of fact, if you were to visit the youth tent, which is just slightly smaller than the adult tent, you would quickly see that the organizers are serious about helping their young people to experience personal encounter with God. And the same can be said for the primary tent, the young adult tent, the family tent and the children’s tent.
There is a adage that is sometimes used in sorts that says, “Go big or go home.” Well, here in Australia the message that is being sent is loud and clear; they are not ready to go home. As a matter of fact, for many of these campers that have taken vacation for the past twenty years in order that they might attend Big Camp, this is their home for the ten days of camp. And to that, all that I can say is, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE Oi Oi Oi!